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Opt Lett. 2010 May 1;35(9):1446-8. doi: 10.1364/OL.35.001446.

Diode-pumped passively mode-locked GHz femtosecond Cr:LiSAF laser with kW peak power.

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  • 1Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Research Laboratory of Electronics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, USA.


We report a single-mode diode-pumped, passively mode-locked Cr:LiSAF laser with gigahertz (GHz) repetition rate and kilowatt peak power. A low-loss saturable Bragg reflector with low modulation depth and optimized dispersion compensation mirrors enables the generation of stable, cw mode-locked, sub-100-fs pulses at 1 GHz repetition rate around 865 nm when pumping with four or six laser diodes. Using a 0.25% output coupler and a total absorbed pump power of 0.9 W from six laser diodes, 55 fs, 110 pJ pulses are produced. This corresponds to 1.8 kW of peak power, which to our knowledge represents a record result for GHz Cr:colquiriite lasers.

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